French: Guêpier à gorge rouge German: Rotkehlspint Spanish: Abejaruco gorjirrojo
Subspecies and Distribution
M. b. bulocki
Vieillot, 1817 – Senegal E to Central African Republic.
M. b. frenatus
Hartlaub, 1854 – W Ethiopia, SE Sudan, South Sudan, NE DRCongo and NW Uganda.
22 cm; 21–28 g. Green above, with deep buff hindneck and upper mantle; broad black eyestripe, scarlet throat; buff below, with blue lower belly and undertail-... read more
Quite vocal, uttering a variety of rather loud melodious calls. Commonest call from perched or... read more
Bushy savanna dissected by small wooded rivers and seasonal streams; well-timbered gardens and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet at Zaria, Nigeria, is honeybees (Apis), varying from 5% in Jul–Aug to 45% in Mar–Jun; stingless bees taken... read more
Burrows dug in Sept, before ground dries and hardens; eggs laid in Feb–Mar. Colonial, with usually 5–50 occupied burrows in... read more
In most regions strictly resident, birds remaining all year within few hundred metres of colony;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common, at least locally. In Nigeria, density near Zaria 260 breeding pairs in 25 km², or 21 birds/km², and in Yankari Game Reserve 25–50 birds... read more
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